366TAS: 2:06 – Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done

I’ll give it to you straight. I’m not much of a Neil Young fan. Rockin’ in the Free World does it for me, perhaps because of the memorable performance with Pearl Jam at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards, but otherwise? Not so much. But hey, “The Needle and the Damage Done” is a song with a message. Rock and roll’s after school special. And for 2:06, I can handle Neil Young. (That we’re still in the midst of some weak competition has something to do with that too, but it’s better to be a medium-sized fish in a small pond than a small fish in a small pond!)

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4 Responses to 366TAS: 2:06 – Neil Young – The Needle and the Damage Done

  1. John says:

    I’m a little more positive on NY than you, but I think that a certain lack of flash keeps him from being one of my inner-circle favorites. I think that Chuck Eddy’s observation is on target: “That was the big mistake of Neil Young’s life, not keeping Rick James in the band. Maybe the big mistake of Rick James’ life was not keeping Neil Young in the band. My opinion of Rick James is that there’s not enough Neil Young in his music, and my opinion of Neil Young is that there’s not enough Rick James in his music.”

    Five NY songs that I like, and that you might find worthwhile:
    1. Cinnamon Girl
    2. Tonight’s The Night
    3. Mr. Soul
    4. Long May You Run
    5. Powderfinger (more for the guitar work than the vocal parts)

    As for my 2:06 song, I’ll come back with “I Can’t Explain” by the Who. I know it’s awfully early to burn such a major act, but it’s a titanic 126 seconds of music–I was surprised to find the song’s running time was so short, actually. The “dizzy in the head and I’m feelin’ blue” bit gets me every time.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3h–K5928M&w=420&h=315%5D

  2. Captain Easychord says:

    rick james played with neil young? once again, I’ve learned something! I do know some of his work though, including cinnamon girl and long may you run, but like I say, it never really worked for me…

    oh, and it doesn’t make much difference if you use big/favorite acts now or later… you only get to use ’em once anyway! (admittedly, we’re still over a month from anything I might currently consider a favorite and many will come in the year’s second half)

  3. John says:

    Yes, James and Young were in the same band for a spell in the ’60s: it was called the Mynah Birds (not the “Mynah Byrds,” at least…).

    Another quote about Neil Young that I’ve always found amusing, from Phil Dellio and Scott Woods’ humorous “I Wanna Be Sedated: Pop Music in the Seventies.”

    After The Gold Rush (1970) and Harvest (1972) . . . were studies in paradox as Young obsessed about images and stories of old people: the “old man lying by the side of the road” on “Don’t Let It Bring You Down”; an old woman on the cover of Gold Rush; “Old Man” from Harvest; and Neil’s declaration “I’m gettin’ old” on “Heart Of Gold.” Not until Henry Gross’ sensitive ballad “Shannon” (1976) would a seventies pop star be so inappropriately named.

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